The Workspace Marketplace

About Spare Desk

Our mission

To make work-life less stressful and more flexible for todays changing and increasingly agile workforce while tackling the growing number of empty, unused workspaces. Spare Desk aims to achieve this by connecting workspace providers with people in need of these quickly, easily and efficiently.

Our Vision

We endeavour to make an impact on not just the environment but on peoples’ everyday life, improving productivity and work life balance, and therefore mental wellbeing. By offering a viable, attractive alternative to long and stressful commutes we are helping businesses be more socially and environmentally conscious.

You spend on average
more than 3rd of your
awake life working

We can't change your job.
We can't change your boss.

But we can find the perfect
workspace for you.

Working the Spare Desk way

Recent times have woken us all up to how outdated our concepts of work-spaces are… and we’re providing a solution.

The Workspace Marketplace

Large central head offices with all their associated challenges, including long commutes and alack of parking when you arrive, can be a thing of the past, and we’re helping to create a change to us all being able to embrace more productive ways of working.

We’ve created The Workspace Marketplace to make the flexible working ‘trend’ a truly workable reality, creating a win-win situation for current and emerging workforces, people and businesses with underutilised work spaces, and the environment.

Spare Desk is a user-friendly platform, where anyone can list their unused workspace in just a matter of minutes or book their desired space in only a few clicks.

Our clients say

Karen Cook, Business Strategist
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I worked in the city centre for years in my previous corporate role and have done so regularly as a business owner and the choice between city centre office or home feels really limiting.

Sometimes I don’t want to travel into the city but working at home might not be ideal either. So, my option becomes booking blocks of space at co-working sites or hiring an office, neither of which give me the flexibility I need. Being able to choose a space in my local area that suits me for just the time I need it is so useful–it’s flexible, cost efficient and gives me the chance to work within my local communities as and when I need to–and Spare Desk gives me sight of what all the options are!”

Our Values

Connecting workspace providers and users is at the heart of what we do, and we’ve built a business around values that drive us to do it the right way:

Did you know?

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Environment

Commuting accounts for 25% of the CO2 transport emission in the UK.

The UK is the first major economy to pass net-zero emissions law (by 2050) with half of UK businesses targeting carbon neutrality by 2030.

As a company that is passionate about doing less harm to the environment, we want to help provide the UK workforce with viable alternatives to this commute, so everyone is able to participate in bringing emissions down.

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Long Commute

The average employee spent 62 minutes a day commuting in 2019 with 3.7 million people in the UK travelling for longer than 2 hours per day.

Leaving home and returning from work in the dark has for too long, been a reality for too many people. Now the importance of family/home life, mental health and well being – ‘the work/ life balance’ – is becoming a key focus for both employers and employees. Giving you a wealth of workspaces at your fingertips is our little way to help people regulate their work/life balance.

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Empty Desks and Offices

52% of global office space are either vacant or unused.

Vacant or unused desks are one of the biggest wasted resources within medium or large corporations.

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Cost of Commuters

Each mile you drive to work cost you an average of £577 per year.

It’s not just time that’s spent commuting! Choosing a more local office, where you work just as effectively as within one further away, can save you thousands of pounds per year in travel costs!

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Cost of Employers

The cost of a desk to employers is estimated to be £14,000 a year (roughly half the cost of a UK employee’s salary).

A high price to pay considering 40% of office spaces remain vacant at any one time (Pre Covid statistics).

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Great Expectations

70% of job seekers say that working remotely is a must have when considering a new job

The Millennial and the Gen Z workforce dominate the current employment market (60%+) and their expectations are for a more fluid, less geographically fixed workplace, creating potential challenges in recruitment for employers not able to offer this.

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Change in Law

New international standards on lease accounting have been introduced (with compliance mandatory since 2019 [IFRS16]), according to which all long-term or new lease contracts must now be shown on the balance sheet.

‘Balance sheet heavy’ businesses are less attractive to investors (and in some cases customers and suppliers) when comparing financial statements and financial ratios.

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Supporting Local

Flexible-office space will contribute £196bn to local economies over the next 10 years.

As uptake increases, we will see new life being breathed into local areas. Commutes being a thing of the past will mean people shop locally and use local restaurants and cafes for lunch. Local workspaces will engender a feeling of community as people start to recognise their fellow space users and the breakdown of communities being driven by a disparate work force can be healed. There are lots of excellent workspaces out there, local to you, and we want to bring them to you at the touch of a button.

Meet the team

Andrea Szell

Founder, Managing & Financial Director

The person behind the idea of a Sparedesk, the person who birthed this idea, working endlessly to make it happen. Her work has been instrumental in the development and launch of Spare Desk. Andrea’s degree in Economics and her CIMA qualification gives her an academic background alongside her 20 years’ international experience in Finance and Project and Team Management around Europe. As a mother of 3 and a breast cancer survivor her greatest qualities are her positive energy, ongoing charity support and her ‘can do’ attitude that inspires everyone!

Chris Hill

Non-Executive Director

Chris is the CEO and founder of Northcoders, the company that developed our App. From its inception in 2015, Chris steered Northcoders quickly towards the company’s first accolade “The Business of the Year award” in 2018 (also voted best company in the Education and Business Partnership category by a group of their peers). Earlier that year they were also selected as one of the country’s brightest tech stars in Creative England’s CE50 list. The success story continued with Chris listing the company this year on AIM. His, and his team’s, knowledge on the latest App technology and his experience in leadership is a real asset to us.

Sarah Morgan

Non-Executive Director

Sarah has 25 years’ experience as a business leader including; leading Global IT & Service teams at ASOS and Yahoo!, She has driven transformation projects at Ovo Energy and Good Energy; where she was Head of Customer Operation and Head of Delivery, Her leadership excellence is well recognised in a wide range of industries as evidenced by her being awarded ‘Leader of the Year 2019’ at the Women in Business Conference. Her primary focus has been our governance, operations, and process optimisation.

David Llewellyn

Sales Director

David brings over 15 years’ experience as an Owner and Managing Director of Mercoil and Fast Fuel (an oil trading and oil distribution company respectively). He turned both companies around to profitability while also achieving significant aims in carbon reductions, focusing on recycled oils as an alternative to fossil fuels. Having started his career in the Government sector (Cabinet office as a Project Manager) his competence, clear communication, negotiation and decision-making skills were honed. He also co-founded Loot Wholesale Ltd, a wholesale vintage clothing company, and was a founding investor of the recently AIM listed Northcoders PLC., in which he retains a large stake.

Karen Cook

Business Strategist

Karen worked as a business strategist for the last 10 years of her career during which she has worked with around 1,000 businesses. She is qualified through The Chartered Institute of Marketing and the Cambridge University Programme for Sustainability Leadership giving her an academic background alongside her experience. She focuses her expertise on our strategic design, building clear structure around ideas and plans and brings a high energy approach, coupled with an ability to be creative, making her well placed to support us in our growth plans.

Carl Purcell

Digital Marketing Manager

Carl is our resident digital marketing specialist, the person behind our social media presence. After graduating in Advertising Design from the University of South Wales, Carl worked his way from a digital marketing intern to Digital Producer at his first agency, where he helped manage a digital team of developers, copywriters, and social media managers. Before joining our team, he worked as a PPC Manager for a leading digital recruitment agency in London where he managed digital marketing campaigns for huge brands like EE, LV=, The Army and the BBC.

Karen Cook

Business Strategist

Karen worked as a business strategist for the last 10 years of her career during which she has worked with around 1,000 businesses. She is qualified through The Chartered Institute of Marketing and the Cambridge University Programme for Sustainability Leadership giving her an academic background alongside her experience. She focuses her expertise on our strategic design, building clear structure around ideas and plans and brings a high energy approach, coupled with an ability to be creative, making her well placed to support us in our growth plans.

Carl Purcell

Digital Marketing Manager

Carl is our resident digital marketing specialist, the person behind our social media presence. After graduating in Advertising Design from the University of South Wales, Carl worked his way from a digital marketing intern to Digital Producer at his first agency, where he helped manage a digital team of developers, copywriters, and social media managers. Before joining our team, he worked as a PPC Manager for a leading digital recruitment agency in London where he managed digital marketing campaigns for huge brands like EE, LV=, The Army and the BBC.

Karen Cook

Business Strategist

Karen worked as a business strategist for the last 10 years of her career during which she has worked with around 1,000 businesses. She is qualified through The Chartered Institute of Marketing and the Cambridge University Programme for Sustainability Leadership giving her an academic background alongside her experience. She focuses her expertise on our strategic design, building clear structure around ideas and plans and brings a high energy approach, coupled with an ability to be creative, making her well placed to support us in our growth plans.